Are Motorsbikes Gradually Forbidden in Your City?

China
July 20, 2007 7:19am CST
Motorbikes are gradually forbidden in some big cities in China, such as Beijing, Hangzhou and Guangzhou. And they are recycled by the city government, who pays a certain amount of money back to their owners according to how new the motorbikes are. One purpose of doing so is to reduce as much air pollution to the city as possible for people to have a better environment to live in. Another one is to reduce to the maximun the traffic accidents for people to feel safe on the street. Also there might be more purposes, I guess. What about the fate of motorbikes in your city or in your country,please?
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12 responses
@lkbooi (16101)
• Malaysia
21 Jul 07
I do pity those motorists especially those who have just bought their brand new vehicles. Anyhow your government is doing a good deed as to provide compensation by having certain reasonable recycled programs. I understand the authority implement is for the sake of environmental health as to reduce contamination and congestion in certain huge cities with their over whelming populations. Or it might be the proper measure to take as approaching towards the coming Olympic Games. In my country the situations in the big towns are very much more better as the populations are not as dense as your country. In my town people are still cycling with their bikes enjoying the fresh air as well as having physical exercises at the meanwhile.
• China
21 Jul 07
No need to worry about the newly-bought motorbikes because they will still be paid back well for the motorbikes. I am very glad that you understand what our government is trying to do for a better living condition and the reduction of air contamination. The upcoming Olympics to be held in China is also one of the major factors to limit the use of motorbikes. Bikes are encouraged to be in use, but not motorbikes in large cities. I am a bicycle lover. I love to go for a bike-riding on my day off. Thanks, friend.
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@lkbooi (16101)
• Malaysia
22 Jul 07
I did experience the heavy congestion of traffic in Shanghai few years back. My hubby and I purposely walked from our hotel to the railway station to get the train tickets to Huangshan. We had never experienced such an astronishing volume of traffic flow which sometimes made us could hardly move any further. To across the busy road could really need great courage lol. But we managed to do so by following the rushing crowds. It was a winter night and we nearly struggled for four hours to and flo in the chilled winter wind! I love cycling too. There is a vast area of arid sandy land near my place and we call it “the moor”. That is a place where we used cycling together with our kid during the windy evening, enjoying the beautiful landscapes in the glowing sunset. I did see bicycles hanying high up in the shopping centres in china wheras here they are seldom displayed in this way. The electric powered bikes could gradually displace the present motobikes for environmental health. Do you think it is practicalble?
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• China
23 Jul 07
I cannot help saying that Shanghai is really congested. But there is one vehicle that I love very much, ie, its subway, so fast and convenient. I have been there for a few times. It is great that you have your favorite place for a bike-riding to enjoy the fresh air.
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@ssh123 (31103)
• India
21 Jul 07
With the influx of population due to boom in IT industry, the youngsters preferably male folks have taken fancy in riding motorbikes to the office and back. Hence the population of bikes have almost increased by 50% than what it was couple of years ago. It contributes to noise pollution besides air pollution.
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• China
21 Jul 07
Motorbikes in China are still very popular in many cities. They are especially popular in the country. I am glad that our government is doing something to better protect the environment and reduce air pollution and noise pollution caused by motorbikes and traffic jam in large cities. It will need many years before all the motorbikes vanish in some other cities.
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@ssh123 (31103)
• India
21 Jul 07
Greatest thing one can admire china, is people's habit to cycle their way to office/business centres. I have seen in many movies, thousands of chinese cycling and that is on eof the secrets of their health.
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• China
21 Jul 07
I am so happy that you seem to have found one of the major secrets of Chinese living long. lol. The exercise of riding bicycles is really great in keeping a good health. I hope that you will get a bike of yours for exercise like we do and like what you see in Chinese movies and TV plays.
• India
4 Mar 08
O! god.. god..it is a long time that i responded a topic from you, as nowadays i have turned inconsistent here in mylot. In India, the two wheeler population especially the bike segments increase 100% every year,but still no steps are taken by the government to tackle the problems as said by you.But i think certainly some measures must be initiated in near future to reduce these problems.
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• China
4 Mar 08
Hello dear saivenkaat. Long time no see and I was wondering how you had been doing with your life and work as I have not seen you for so long. Anyway I am so happy to see my familiar friend come back to my discussion again with a nice greeting. Yeah, I have to say that it is in fact not an easy thing to have this problem completely settled as ours as well as yours is a big country for this to completely fixed. Thanks very much for responding. Take care.
• India
6 Mar 08
Yea.. because of two reasons i was not so regular here, due to excess of office work, and i am trying to do some freelance jobs, but till now i am still in the learning stages,i mean learning the nuances of freelancing work. So i find only less time to mylot. Though i dont respond to your topics, you are in my heart as a good friend and a master.
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• China
10 Mar 08
I am so touched by your words with thanks. I hope that you will soon learn the nuance of freelancing job with a very good beginning till the perfect step. Good luck to you and take care, my dear friend.
@naseefu (1607)
• India
5 Apr 08
There is no any restriction in here.Here means,I live in Kerala in India. It is good to controle the number of motor bikes.Because it is not a safe vehicle to use and as you said it will make troubles in traffic(even though I own a motor bike). As in Jappan we also have to encourage the bikes with out motor engine.They are not make pollussion.THanks
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• China
5 Apr 08
Hello dear naseefu. Thanks so much for your response to this discussion. In the small town where I live and work, there is no such restriction about the use of motorbikes, only in those big cities I have mentioned above in China. Just ten days ago, one of my colleagues got hit and hurt by a fast-driving motorbiker at the intersection. I am so sorry that my colleague got her four ribs broken and her right shoulder broken as well. She has been in hospital for so many days and will have to stay there for another half a month and would not be able to come to work until at least three months later. Besides, the medication and treatment fee is very high, even though the twenty-year-old man paid for some of it. We went to see her the day before and we are glad to see that she is able to move around a little and hope that she will be recovered soon.
@cheongyc (5075)
• Malaysia
26 Feb 08
I didn't aware of such policy happening in your country until I had read it in your discussion. It surprise me, but it's beneficial to both the people in your country and the environment. I heard the public transport system in these cities are splendid and thus the citizen could enjoy conveniences offered by the mass transport facilities. Therefore, it's less necessary for them to own their personal transport. In our country, the public transport system is still very primitive and not strategic at all. The government doesn't enforce any law to recycle the motorbikes as well. It's a very dangerous vehicle on the road, because a lot of accidents are caused by irresponsible motorists and many had lost thier lives on the road due to their recklessness. Compared to a car, a motorbike offer much less protection and the motorists have much higher chances of getting hurt or worse still, fatality, when they fell off the bike or being knocked by heavy vehicles. But without the bikes, most low income will suffer because our public transport system doesn't offer the same conveniences at the same cost. I hope our authority here will keep on improving the mass transport system until we no longer need our own transport.
@lorelai (1558)
• Italy
8 Jan 08
Motorbikes are not forbidden here in Italy, they are the most common vehicle in the streets. There are so many cars and so little parking spots so motorbikes are people's favorite vehicle because they are small and you can park them anywhere. Unfortunately, people on the motorbikes think that they can drive as they want and that they can go before the cars so they are very dangerous sometimes.
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• China
8 Jan 08
Hello dear lorelai. Yeah, motorbikes are convenient as it does not take up so much space to park somewhere, but what is the annoying part is that some riders do not think too much about their own safety while enjoying the fast riding speed, let alone the others' safety when they ingore this, which is a great danger to people. Thanks for your response, dear friend.
@magica (3710)
• Bulgaria
8 Jan 08
No, they are not forbidden. But probably this is a good idea graduately to reduce them too. Not just because this reduces the risk for the other, but also because of ecological reasons.
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• China
8 Jan 08
Hello dear magica. You are right that the forbidden of the use of motorbikes is not only good to the riders but to the others as well and also good to ecological reasons. Thanks very much for your response, dear friend.
• Italy
8 Jan 08
Hi William! So you're chinese, I didn't know that. Best wishes for olympic games! I don't think they will never ban motorbikes here in Italy. They are a sort of an italian brand, and used mostly by people who want to *avoid* traffic. I can't stand them by the way cos when I'm stuck in the traffic there are always motorbikes surpassing my by every angle.
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• China
8 Jan 08
Hello dear Rowena. I am also very happy to know that you are an Italian girl. I am sorry that I did not tell you that I am Chinese, but still very happy that you have figured it out from this discussion of mine. Right now in the small town where I live and work, there are some youngsters who ride motorbikes very fast and I am very worried about them hitting passers-by and hurting themselves from riding so fast. Thanks very much for your best wishes for the Olympics to be held in China and if possible, please come to Beijing and some other cities for the Games. You are welcome, my dear friend.
@andyliuzn (991)
• China
5 Jan 08
Hi William, I live in Guangzhou, and the Motobikes are forbidden since Jan.2007, it did have helped a lot for the environment from the noise, robbery, traffic accident etc. Andy
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• China
7 Jan 08
Hello dear andy. Yeah, Guangzhou is also a Chinese city that I have heard without the use of motorbikes and I read from online that the owners of the motorbikes were well paid for their motorbikes. By the way, it is the same here with the motorbike owners. I think that it is a good idea to have this carried out for the safety of both the walkers and the riders as well. Thanks for your response, dear friend.
@youless (91541)
• Guangzhou, China
4 Jan 08
The motorcycle started to be banned in Guangzhou since last year. I can't say it is not a good idea. As sometimes the bad guys use the motorcycle to rob people. On the other hand, I think it is inconvenient for some people who need to have a motorcycle for work. As you know, not many people can afford to have a car yet.
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• China
7 Jan 08
Hello dear youless. I think that it is much better without the use motorbikes in a big city like Hanzhou and Guangzhou as well because the traffic accidents caused by motorbikes in Hangzhou have been reduced ever since. Though motorbikes are forbidden in Hangzhou, you can see many people riding electric bikes instead, which are much more friendly than motorbikes although they also cause some traffic problems. Thanks very much for your response, dear youless.
@gradyslady (4055)
• United States
18 Sep 07
No but sometimes my mom wishes they were. So many accidents happen with people on motorcycles. Sometimes they act as if they have more rights than people in cars and don't care about anyone else.
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• China
18 Nov 07
Hello my dear gradyslady. Thanks so much for your response. You are such a nice and kind friend, who is the only friend of mine to have responded to all of my discussion. I appreciate all of your responses to my discussions very much. Yes, many motorists drive too fast and it is very easy for them to cause traffic accidents, making others as well as themselves lose their lives or get seriously hurt from the accidents. Thanks again for your being such a nice friend as always. Have a good weekend, dear gradyslady friend.
@kimthedane (1000)
• Denmark
24 Jul 07
No motor bikes are still freely roaming our streets, in the city too. What would be the point anyway to restrict them in the cities?
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• China
25 Jul 07
This way it shows that the city where you are living must have a very nice and clean air. It is good for your citizens to enjoy a good environment in your city. And the security percentage in a city like yours must be high. I hope that motor bikes will gradually be gone in all cities in China for the sake of air, environment and safety on the streets in cities. Thanks, my friend, kimthedane.